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Strategy Session: Carbon Champions

Event organised by ICE

19 July 2022

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ICE’s Carbon Champions initiative celebrates individuals and their teams who are committed to achieving net zero. Applicants are invited to submit examples of their own carbon reduction activities on projects, telling the story of how the carbon saving was achieved.

In this Strategy Session, you have the opportunity to hear from some of our current Carbon Champions and to ask questions and find out more about how their projects saved carbon. The event will be introduced by ICE President Ed McCann and moderated by Chair of the ICE Carbon Champions Review Panel, Lara Young.

Join us to find out more about how to save carbon on your projects, and hear about our new Carbon Champions community on LinkedIn.


08:30 - 09:15

Registrations and refreshments (in person attendees only)

09:15 - 09:20

Introduction by ICE President Ed McCann

09:20 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:25

Q&A session

10:25 - 10:30

Closing remarks by Ed McCann


Session close


Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Expedition Engineering

Senior Director

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Ed McCann

Ed is an experienced project director and is the Immediate Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was fundamental in growing Expedition from a startup to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012. As a senior director at Expedition, Ed provides invaluable leadership and experience to our organisation.

He is technical, an excellent communicator, enthusiastic, and has a deep understanding of the construction process. He is particularly skilled in strategic consultancy, feasibility studies, and design.

Ed’s career has taken him to lead projects all over the world. He was the project director for the multi award-winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. Environmental factors and efficiency are drivers for Ed’s current projects that see him work with infrastructure clients to improve processes and implement new technologies. Projects include creating and delivering a productivity workstream for HS2, designing the Rolls-Royce SMR Program Site Factory for BAM Nuttall, and helping develop the Berkeley Homes modular housing system.

Ed is a founder trustee and trustee board member, former chair of the USL Board.

He is passionate about developing talent in the industry with quality training and education, a passion that led him to become the co-creator of the Constructionarium. This non profit organisation delivers education and training to students and professionals across the built environment sector. He is also co-founder of the Get It Right Initiative which aims to reduce errors in the industry.

As a respected thought leader, Ed is often invited to speak at various events, write articles, and deliver lectures, and has also made television programmes on civil engineering.

 Lara Young

Lara Young

Cromwell Property Group

head of esg

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Lara Young

Lara joined Cromwell Property Group in January 2023 after working in the construction and engineering industry for over 10 years. As Head of ESG, she works on further developing Cromwell’s existing ESG framework and aligning the ESG strategy with the business’s overall strategic objectives.

Prior to joining Cromwell, Lara was the driving force behind establishing and implementing Costain’s Climate Change Action Plan, which set out a detailed 15-year plan to transition to a net-zero organisation by 2035. She was most recently shortlisted as 2023 Net-Zero and Energy leader of the year at the edie sustainability awards (winners to be announced in March) and was named 2022 Young Person of the Year by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and Energy and Carbon Leader of the Year at the 2021 edie Awards. Lara has been the Chair of the Carbon Champion Review Panel since May 2021.

Lee Piper

Lee Piper


construction director

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Lee Piper

Lee has recently taken on the role of Construction Director at Costain Group PLC, having held a number of positions at the Group previously. He is responsible for construction delivery, leadership and guidance on numerous projects throughout Costain's Highways England portfolio. Lee is skilled in maintaining programmes and driving projects forward by investigating alternative techniques. He is experienced in leading and working on rail projects, top-down construction, heavy civils, large earthworks, large concrete pours including waterproof concrete, and all types of piling.

Lee is passionate about creating a culture of teamwork on all of projects to empower team members, ensuring safe and effective delivery. Lee and his team specialises in reducing plant and labour costs and focussing on the critical activities to provide the best solutions for clients.

Charlie Bell

Charlie Bell

Mott Macdonald

account leader (contractors)

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Charlie Bell

“Charlie Bell has been at Mott MacDonald for almost 20 years in a variety of roles, and currently holds the position of Account Leader for Contractors in the Water & Environment sector. He was Mott MacDonald’s EUNA (Europe & North Africa region) Project Manager of the Year 2020, and has been named an ICE Carbon Champion for the Boston Barrier project, which is Building Barriers in Boston to protect 14,300 homes from tidal flooding.”

For more information please contact:

Freya Jacobs